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240g Bottom Plastic Trim and Structural Integrity

I just bought a 240g and the tank came with the bottom black trim removed.

My question is, is the trim necessary for the structural integrity of the tank or can I simply cushion it like you would an acrylic tank with foam insulation.

Also where would I buy a trim for an 8'x2'x2'. Most online shops don't offer this size.
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That is a big tank, Do you know who the manufacture is? I would give them a call first. Bigger tanks some do have the support and some don't.
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I think finding the manufacture and contacting them would be a good step. Like Xzavier247 said, if it came that way that's one thing. If someone did removed the trim themselves, I'd be a bit nervous about that.

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Most tanks that large do not rely on trim anymore for structural integrity. Trim used to be metal but now it is plastic and plastic in the lengths necessary for your tank can add nothing in strength to it. Is the remaining trim just flat black plastic corner trim? If so then it was definitely for looks only.
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That's what I thought would be the case. I'm just trying to find more opinions because the community is pretty split on the topic.
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I used to help build tanks for a large LFS that sold their own custom tanks and in all cases the trim was for looks only. Some of the cheaper smaller tanks commercially available today use such thin glass that the trim is an integral part of their strength but in that case the trim is not just flat but has been molded to have strength and rigidity. But that only works with small tanks, to make it work on larger tanks the plastic trim would have to be so thick that there would be no cost savings in using it.
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